Marcy (2018) advises that when #scary events occur, parents often wonder how to help their family understand the graphic images and emotional content they may see. First, turn off the TV and be mindful of what adults discuss that may be overheard and misunderstood.
Things to do with your family –
- Take nature walks
- Have a sunrise breakfast, outside
- Have a sunset supper, outside
- Make a movie night
- Have a familiar family fun event
- Put on a play
- Plan a vacation
- Build a Rube Goldberg Creation
If children become aware that someting 'bad' has happened, Marcy suggests that #families can reassure them of their #safety. Answer their questions, leaving time for them to process what they are hearing.
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Remind the family of how to problem solve and about previous situations that they have been successful with in the past. Let them know that you are always available to answer questions. If their #anxiety becomes more serious, seek professional help.
Marcy believes that helping to inspire others by reaching out to them helps both ways. Figure out how the family can help others.
Marcy, S. (2018). Helping Children Handle Scary News; Retrieved online from –